Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act, 1994 - Consultations on the Second Exposure Draft: Wednesday 17 April – Tuesday 28 May 2013

The ACT Government’s Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 is well advanced, with a final Amendment Bill expected to go before the Assembly later this year.

The Review, undertaken by the ACT Health Directorate and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate aims to ensure Canberra’s Mental Health Act will meet the needs of our community and bring Canberra’s legislation into line with important mental health reforms happening here and in other Australian states and globally.  A wide range of community organisations, stakeholders and interest groups including mental health consumers and carers has provided valuable input. Community feedback on the first exposure draft released late 2012 has been considered by the Review Advisory Committee and incorporated as appropriate in a second exposure draft.

The second exposure draft is now available for further public comment and submissions will be accepted until 28 May 2013.
Click here to register for the Carers ACT carers consultation on 29 April. If you are unable to attend on the 29 April please review the following schedule for other consultations: Click here to download consultation schedules.

All public comment received by 28 May 2013 will be considered by the Review Advisory Committee for the final Amendment Bill.  

To download copies of the Review Documents and for details of how to provide feedback please visit the ACT Government’s community engagement website ‘Time to Talk’ website at


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Friday, 12 April 2013